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Offline John Nettles

New ACA Route coming
« on: February 06, 2021, 04:33:02 pm »
According to the map page on the Spring 2021 Cyclosource, it appears a new "Delmarva" route is going to be available in "Summer" 2021, thus offering routes in all of the lower-48 states.

It appears it will start in Philadelphia but split immediately into a New Jersey or Delaware option before reconnecting in I assume Lewes, DE, from which it hugs the coast before ending in Currituck, NC, where it connects to the Atlantic Coast Route.  It should make for a nice Atlantic Coast alternative.

It does not connect to the TransAm route (somewhat understandable due to metro road layout) nor does not it appear to have a spur to connect to the Potomoc Tidelands Route which is a shame as it would be very easy and would allow a coast to coast option for those wanting to use Eastern Express TransAm Route (non-ACA) and desiring maps the entire way.

Somewhat interestingly, the discontinued routes still show up and are presumably counted in their "network mile count" though that is a bit misleading. 

Perhaps ACA will officially announce this route soon.

Tailwinds, John
« Last Edit: February 06, 2021, 05:53:40 pm by John Nettles »

Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: New ACA Route coming
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2021, 12:32:52 pm »
Since I live in Philly and ride to S. Jersey to camp a couple of times/year I am quite interested to see the route. You could ask 50 people from this area what route they take to get "down the shore", as we say in these parts, and you would likely get 50 different answer. (But only mine would be the correct one.  :))

And also assuming it goes to Lewes via the ferry, Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes is a great place to visit/camp. Great repurposing of a WWII military base after it had served its purpose, which was guarding the mouth of the bay from Nazi invasion. Some of the military installations still exist. Very bike friendly. Just don't arrive to camp on a weekend in spring-fall without a reservation. During high season the campground can be booked solid months in advance for weekends. I rode down there one Easter weekend in early April. The place was probably 80% full, if not more. 

Offline BikePacker

Re: New ACA Route coming
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2021, 07:29:55 am »
For whatever it is might be worth,
Cape Henlopen State Park is the eastern terminus for the coast to coast American Discovery Trail.
Related link: https://discoverytrail.org/states/delaware/

Offline PNWRider92

Re: New ACA Route coming
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2021, 04:17:28 pm »
Delaware is one of 4 states I haven't ridden through so will be looking forward to this map set!

Will plan to ride it in 2022 along with a section of the Northern Tier from Glendive to Fargo as North Dakota is another one of those 4 states.

Will only be left with Alaska and Hawaii after these two rides next year.
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Offline BikeliciousBabe

Re: New ACA Route coming
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2021, 01:36:03 pm »
There's a road in DE called Green Giant Road, but it's more to the north.